Microsoft and Amazon are at it once more because the battle for the Defense Department JEDI contract continues. In a current collection of more and more acerbic pronouncements, the 2 firms proceed their ongoing spat over the $10 billion, decade-long JEDI contract spoils.
As you could recall (or not), final fall in a shock transfer, the DoD chosen Microsoft because the profitable vendor within the JEDI winner-take-all cloud infrastructure sweepstakes. The presumed winner was at all times AWS, however when the reply lastly got here down, it was not them.
To make a really lengthy story brief, AWS took exception to the choice and went to court docket to battle it. Later it was granted a keep of JEDI actions between Microsoft and the DoD, which as you possibly can think about didn’t please Microsoft . Since then, the 2 firms have been battling in PR pronouncements and weblog posts making an attempt to get the higher hand within the warfare for public opinion.
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That battle took a tough flip this week when the 2 firms actually went at it in dueling weblog posts after Amazon filed its newest protest.
First there was Microsoft with PR exec Frank Shaw taking exception to AWS’s machinations, claiming the corporate simply desires a do-over:
This newest submitting – filed with the DoD this time – is one other instance of Amazon making an attempt to lavatory down JEDI in complaints, litigation and different delays designed to power a do-over to rescue its failed bid.
Amazon’s Drew Herdner countered in a weblog submit printed this morning:
Recently, Microsoft has printed a number of self-righteous and pontificating weblog posts that quantity to nothing greater than deceptive noise supposed to distract these following the protest.
The backside line is that Microsoft believes it received the contract truthful and sq. with a extra aggressive bid, whereas Amazon believes it ought to have received on technical superiority, and that there was political interference from the president as a result of he doesn’t like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who additionally owns the Washington Post.
If you’ve been following this story from the start (as I’ve), it has taken a collection of twists and turns. It’s had lawsuits, complaints, drama and intrigue. The president has inserted himself into it, too. There have been accusations of conflicts of curiosity. There have been investigations, lawsuits and extra investigations.
Government procurement tends to be fairly bland, however from the beginning when the DoD selected to make use of the cutesy Star Wars-driven acronym for this mission, it has been something however. Now it’s come down to 2 of the world’s largest tech firms exchanging indignant weblog posts. Sooner or later that is going to finish proper?
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